What I Ate To Lose 90+ Pounds


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Happy Friday! How was your week? I hope it was a positive one - can you name one choice you made this week that got you closer to your goal? Share it in the comments!


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I officially hit my goal weight this week at Weight WatchersHowever, I was saddened to discover that Weight Watchers no longer has much maintenance support. The staff at my center didn't even tell me how to change my point value from losing to maintaining (it's in your basic account settings). It was a let down, for certain. However, it's still pretty awesome being 97 pounds less than I was when I began this journey. I won't let them take my joy. But seriously, boo Weight Watchers.

Now I begin the stage of weight loss that terrifies me the most, and I feel like I'm on my own with the exception of you guys. Maintaining the loss. This is where I always fail. I'm scared, so I'm going back to the basics.

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Which brings me to this week's topic: What Am I Actually Eating? 

So many of you have asked what I eat in a typical day and I haven't shared because I'm super basic. I'm in no way a foodie, I'm a pescatarian who doesn't love cooking and would be happy to eat the same food all of the time. Since I'm an over-sharer, I'll give you a few of my favorites (I was getting 30 points per day and on maintenance, I'm up to 34 per day on maintenance). I'm sure you can craft a better meal plan, but here's a few of my favorites from the fridge.

Breakfast Foods

Yogurt- 2 points
Low fat, sugar-free Activia is a great way to start the day. Plus, it keeps things moving on the inside, if you know what I mean. The plus side is it has 2 points. The downside is that it has artificial gunk and while there are probably better choices, this works for me.



Egg Sandwich- 5 points 
I love a good breakfast sammy. I take 2 slices of Fit & Active 40 Calorie Bread (Aldi) and toast. Spray with butter spray if you're feeling fancy. I cook a half cup of Egg Beaters in a microwave safe bowl for about a minute. I add a 1/4 cup of 2% Mozzarella and season to taste. If I'm going to be running around all day, I'll add a Boca Mushroom patty (2 more points) and a touch of honey mustard. Assemble your sandwich and wait for it to cool. YUM.

Lunch Foods

Strawberry Salad- 6 points 
My favorite is a basic chopped salad with spinach, lettuce, onions, strawberries a teaspoon of chopped almonds, a bit of champagne vinegrette (Girards), an ounce of goat cheese.

Meatball Sandwiches- 7 points 
I am addicted to those meatball sandwiches I mentioned a few weeks ago. I eat these a lot (I think I'll have one for dinner tonight, actually!).

Lean Cuisine Vermont Mac and Cheddar- 8 points 
This is such a cheat and it's not a filling food that does anything for you, but on a rainy day when things aren't going my way, this is my favorite.


Dinner Foods

Fish and Chips - 12 points
We are so basic at dinner, it's embarrassing. We eat late in the evening (my husband is in training as a competitive Olympic weightlifter), often waiting until 8:30pm for dinner. This takes 22 minutes total and only needs one pan. Baked Haddock with Panko (Giant Food, house brand) is a large portion of fish that fills you up. We add some baked fries or tots (15 whole tots is a serving!) from Alexia and call it pub food. 

Gardein (Meatless) Crispy Mandarin Chicken- 7 points 

This quicky pre-made meatless wonder is shockingly delicious. It's the best substitute for orange chicken chinese food  I've found. We split the bag (1.5 servings each), add some bagged vegetables and devour. I find the Gardein line at Target


Spaghetti Nests - 3 points each 

I mix 6 ounces of the lowest point spaghetti I can find with 1 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese and 1 1/2 cup low point pasta sauce (I like Nature's Promise Organic). Mix that up and divide into 12 muffin cups. Add a meatball (I like Franklin Farms VeggiBalls) on top and add a dollop of sauce. Bake for 25 minutes at 375. Here is the recipe from Allrecipes.com

Snacks

VitaTop with Peanut Butter - 7 points. I love these. Just warm up a dark chocolate VitaTop and add a tablespoon (use a measuring spoon!) of Crazy Richard's Chunky Peanut Butter. Eat it with a spoon and enjoy every second. 

Bananas - 0 points. I don't generally like 'nanas, but I'm on a banana kick right now and one in the afternoon gets me through the day.

Chickpea Blondies - 5 points. This recipe changes based on the ingredients you used, so be sure to determine the points based on what you use. I'm a big fan of these on Saturday nights while watching a movie with friends. Here is the recipe I use. 


Extra Help!

Brussel Sprouts are my new bread. Cut brussel sprouts in half, drizzle in olive oil and sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning (that seasoning is what Baltimorians put on crabs, corn and everything else). Roast in the oven until slightly crunchy. Or drizzle with oil and add a little brown sugar sometime. Also yummy! I never thought I would say this, but I LOVE BRUSSEL SPROUTS.

Tomatoes and cucumbers save me when I go too far with the peanut butter. I just cut some in half, add a healthy dose of seasoned rice vinegar, let them set for an hour or so and devour. Add feta if you are feeling fancy!

Is this a perfect meal plan? Probably not. Too much salt, too many artificial chemicals and too many processed foods. You know what? I'm just a blogger trying to stay healthier and this is working for me. Sure I can cut some salt, spend more time prepping and cut out the diet soda. But this is what is working for me right now. We can't be perfect. I just want to be happy.

What are your favorite recipes? Share a link below! We all need inspiration, right? Now get out there and kick the week's butt! You got this!



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18 comments:

  1. Congrats! Doing what works for you is the smartest move a person can do.

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  2. I'm so proud of you - amazing girl!

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  3. Congratulations!!! You look fabulous!

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  4. Clearly what you're doing works! Looking gorgeous!

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  5. Wow!!! Great job. I am inspired with your determination on losing weight. How I wish I had that too :)

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    1. You can find that determination. YOU CAN DO IT.

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  6. Congrats!!! Awesome Job! I lost 15 lbs by reading the Jillian Michaels "Master your Metabolism" book and following her principals. I was never hungry and felt great but people starting telling me I was getting too thin..so I slowly started eating refined sugary foods again and I've gained all of my weight back plus more over the last 3 years. I think do what works for you! You look fabulous!
    Cathy

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    1. It kills me that people feel the need to say that. IT IS NOT THEIR BUSINESS AND MOST LIKELY, THEY ARE JEALOUS. I wish I could grasp why people say "you're too thin". Sure, there are probably cases where someone is too thin. But most likely, it's just jealousy. I have a few friends who say that and I think it's because they have known me forever and are used to my very round, large features. I'm not at all ready for a bikini and while clothes are holding it together, naked is a whole other thing. It's hurtful and it derails your progress. But enough of that! Thank you for the kind words! xo

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  7. Thank you for sharing your meal ideas with us. I, too, tend to eat the same things over and over. Right now, I'm eating the following most days: Breakfast--Oikos Triple Zero vanilla yogurt (3 pt) with 2 tbs Bear Naked Vanilla Almond granola (2 pt) and 1/2 cup mixed berries (0 pt) OR a fruit and veggie smoothie (water, spinach or kale, small apple, flax seed, frozen cherries or peaches, 1/2 frozen banana) - 0 pt; lunch--kale salad with sunflower seeds, raspberry vinaigrette, parmesan cheese, 1/4 avocado, carrots (7 pt) OR apple with 2 tbs peanut butter (4 pt); evening meal--grilled veggies (peppers, broccoli or asparagus, sweet potatoes ) (0 pt) and lentils or quinoa (4 pt) or sautéed spinach (0 pt). I'm a vegetarian and we typically eat at home.

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  8. Yeah, this has happened to me too - I get to a certain weight & some friends say, "Don't lose too much! You're just fine now!" It's really up to me to decide that!

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  9. Thanks for all the motivation and information. Did you also add an exercise routine?

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    1. I did. Although not much. I hate it. So I try to find the joy in doing things I like...which right now is pilates and playing fruit ninja on the XBOX Kinect, while jumping on a trampoline, with arm weight to a loud workout playlist. It's ridiculous to see in person. RI-DIC-ULOUS.

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  10. I read EVERYTHING you write....love this I'm going to add Brussel sprouts next week. Thanks for your inspiration and tips!

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    1. YEAH FOR brussel sprouts! I love them! You've got this - I know you can do it!

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